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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enroll in the Apprenticeship Program without working for an IEC Contractor Member?

Yes, you can enroll in the Apprenticeship Program on your own or while working for a non-member contractor. However, to be a Registered Apprentice with the Department of Labor, you must be working for one of our IEC Contractor Members. If you choose to enroll on your own or work for a non-member contractor, you will only gain your classroom hours and not the 8,000 on-the-job training hours required to earn your Journeyman Certificate.


How many class hours and on-the-job training (OJT) hours do I need to earn a Journeyman Certificate?

An individual needs 576 class hours and 8,000 OJT hours to earn a Journeyman Certificate.


Does IEC accept class credits from Technical Colleges or other Apprenticeship Programs?

IEC only accepts class credits from other IEC Chapters in the country. IEC may be able to give credit in terms of on-the-job training hours. If you already have 2,000 hours of OJT, you may be eligible to “Test-Out” of 1st Year. Please contact IEC at 770-242-9277 for more details.


Can I use a 529 Plan, the HOPE Scholarship, or other Federal Student Aid?

No, our program is not eligible to receive Federal Student Aid.


What is the difference between the Journeyman Certificate and Contractor’s License in Georgia?

The Journeyman Certificate qualifies you as a Certified Electrician in all 50 states. This certification comes from US Dept of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.  As a Journeyman Electrician, you are able to work in a variety of settings under a Licensed Contractor.

An Electrical Contractors License must be obtained from the State Board of Electrical Contractors.  Obtaining a license allows one to provide electrical contracting services, pull permits, etc. You must have an Electrical Contractor’s License, a business license, and proper insurance to conduct a legal contracting business. For more information regarding the Contractor’s License, please visit the Georgia Secretary of State website:


Who qualifies for the 2-Year Professional Electrician’s Program (PEP)?

To qualify for the 2-Year Professional Electrician’s Program (PEP), you must have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in a position above helper. IEC requires documentation (emails or letters) from previous and current employers stating that you have this required experience in the electrical field. Please email the documentation to or fax letters, written on company letterhead, to 770-242-9994.


Will the CEU credits earned at IEC count for other states besides Georgia?

Yes, IEC will send your credentials to Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, & Kentucky.


How many CEU credits are required for Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Virginia?

Georgia: 4 hours per year, 2 year renewal period

Alabama: 14 hours over a 2 year period

North Carolina: 8 hours per year, 4 in-person, 4 can be online, annual renewals

Kentucky: 6 hours per year, annual renewals

Virginia: 3 hours per year, annual renewals

Mississippi: 2 hours per year, annual renewals

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